Govt to seek alternatives if current obstruction continues, says Bhim Rawal

KATHMANDU: CPN-UML Vice-Chairman Bhim Rawal said the government would seek alternatives if the on-going obstruction in supplies of goods through the Indo-Nepal border points continued.

Speaking at an interaction at the Reporters’ Club in the Capital on Monday, Rawal said the government would seek alternatives as per diplomatic practices and international laws.

The leader commented that the current obstruction violated international trade agreements as well as basic values of humanity.

Referring to the 1965 Convention on Transit Trade of Land-locked States, the UML leader said “Many nations including India have signed an agreement to let land-locked countries use sea and transport routes for supply of goods.”

The recent situation is also against rules of the World Trade Organisation and the South Asian Free Trade Area, claimed Rawal.

No one can make themselves a leader by giving trouble to people, he said, urging the agitating parties to come to the negotiating table.

Meanwhile, the leader claimed that agitating Madhesi leaders do not represent the Madhesi community as 67 Madhesi lawmakers, who won the elections, have voted for the constitution.

Demands of Madhesis are already addressed and the protesting leaders are creating illusion among people, he said.

Rawal, however, maintained that the constitution can be amended if there are some errors.